SCF, Manatee-Sarasota to Host Information Sessions on Educator Preparation Institute

(Bradenton, Fla., Sept. 21, 2017) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will host information sessions about its Educator Preparation Institute (EPI). The program is for anyone with at least a bachelor's degree in a noneducation major or teachers with temporary certificates who need professional certification to teach.

The College is offering free one-hour information sessions. A virtual information session will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 21 via Skype for Business. Two sessions will be offered in Lakewood Ranch at 6 p.m. Thursday Oct. 12 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 at SCF Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Pkwy. E., Center for Innovation and Technology, Room 214. Two information sessions will be offered in Venice at 6 p.m. Monday Oct. 23; and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29 at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, Building 800, Room 838.

Participants will learn about the application process, the courses, how long they take to complete and what it takes to become certified to teach. Anyone interested should attend one information session.

After finishing all courses in the EPI program and passing required state and college exams, participants will be eligible for the Florida Department of Education's professional teaching certificate. EPI offers blended evening classes with online components which allows working professionals to participate. The cost for the EPI program is about $2,640.

Applications for the EPI program and the link to the virtual meetings are available at For more information, contact Araceli Cumbo, coordinator, at 941-408-1481 or

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